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The momentum in the hotly contested race between Democrat Gary McDowell and Republican Dan Benishek for Michigan's 1st Congressional District has been on McDowell's side as of late.  Though he entered the race trailing Benishek in the polls, McDowell has been closing the gap, and, this week, has pulled the race into a virtual dead heat.

The reason for McDowell's surge in the polls is that voters in this moderate district are learning more and more about Benishek's extreme right-wing views.  Benishek rode a wave a tea-party support through the primary, but voters in the general election seem wary to support his agenda.

It comes as no surprise now that this week the major newspapers covering the 1st District have all come out in support of Gary McDowell.

The Bay City Times, in their endorsement, cited McDowell's work ethic and moderate stance on the issues.

"We think McDowell would be heard in Washington, as a voice of reason and as an advocate for the district."

The Traverse City Record-Eagle's endorsement noted McDowell's ability to work across the aisle.

"McDowell has promised to work across party lines and would better represent the district than multi-millionaire Dan Benishek, a Republican."

Even the Detroit Free Press, in their endorsements on races statewide, backed McDowell's campaign.

"A low-key, thoughtful leader with a farming background and a lifetime record of helping people, Gary McDowell is the better choice."

There's no question that Gary McDowell is the candidate with the ability to get the job done for Michigan's 1st District.  We need all progressives and moderates to share these endorsements with friends and family in the district and remind them to cast their votes for Democrat Gary McDowell!

Originally posted to msuryanj on Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 06:58 PM PDT.

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  •  Hotly contested? (5+ / 0-)
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    eeff, myrealname, Neon Vincent, Loli, KVoimakas

    The entire district is blanketed with Benishek signs. I honestly had to stretch to remember who to vote for.

    I was a constant thorn in Stupak's side, but he was honestly with the Dem caucus. His blackmail of the health care bill made me furious, but quitting (for some high money job?) made me more angry.

    Nevertheless, it was a straight Dem ticket in early voting. The problem is, the number of retired union folk and teachers in Mi-1 who carried Stupak for so many years is dwindling. Auto workers can't afford to retire to northern MIchigan, and the unemployed can't think their way out of a paper bag--When the check doesn't arrive, they don't understand that the GOP is blocking it. It's all "gun rights" and "abortion" up there.

    Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

    by MrMichaelMT on Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 07:04:37 PM PDT

    •  Yet another reason to have more Pro-RKBA (2+ / 0-)
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      myrealname, Ana Thema

      Dems running for office.

      My experience with Benishek signs is the same as your's. And the mail I've received is ridiculous...

      (RKBA) Right to Keep and Bear Arms: interested in a DKos RKBA group? Email in profile. Share Our Wealth

      by KVoimakas on Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 11:15:28 PM PDT

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    •  Re: Hotly contested? (0+ / 0-)

      Several recent polls have Benishek's lead down to 1-2% which is well within the margin of error, so yeah, I'd say the race is pretty hotly contested.

      But if, like you say, the district is blanketed with Benishek signs, all the more reason to make sure we're all sharing McDowell's name and message with folks.

      •  The top diary's facts (0+ / 0-)

        should have been all over the airwaves.

        I'm from Alpena, where the editor of the paper regularly refers to the president as "obama" (no title) and there's nothing but Malkin and O'Reilly on the editorial pages.

        Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

        by MrMichaelMT on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 07:00:45 AM PDT

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